Notes: Focus returns to winning

Notes: Focus returns to winning

SAN FRANCISCO -- Is there life for the Giants after Barry Bonds' record-setting home run? Given the Giants' last-place status in the National League West, skeptics might suggest that the team showed little life even before Bonds hit No. 756 on Tuesday night.

But with Bonds' pursuit of Hank Aaron having become part of baseball lore, there's no denying that the club's emphasis will return to collective efforts, not individual ones.

"It is a different chapter now, because the focus isn't going to be on Barry hitting the home run. It's going to be on the ballclub," manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday. "These guys are probably going to have to deal with a little less attention, and to be honest, I think they'll enjoy it."

The Giants face numerous issues, most notably the conundrum of refreshing the roster when so many players, including Bengie Molina, Dave Roberts, Randy Winn, Ray Durham and Rich Aurilia, are signed for next season. And, of course, whether to bring back Bonds will be a burning question. Though these are tasks more suited to the offseason, Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean certainly will intensify evaluations through the remaining weeks. Solidifying the bullpen and settling on a fifth starter also are on the to-do list.

"When you're in the position we are now, you have to see what your future is," first baseman-outfielder Mark Sweeney said. "A lot of us are looking for jobs next year, too."

Said Roberts, "You have to look at your situation and figure out what's best for this organization. I think you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't."

As for Bonds, both he and Bochy indicated that little will change in his playing routine. Asked if he'll play less now that he's no longer chasing Aaron, Bonds' reply was a simple "no." In fact, Bonds started Wednesday night. Bochy said that he'll probably continue resting Bonds in day games after night games, meaning that the left fielder is unlikely to start Thursday's series finale.

"I'd say the most important thing is how we play now," Bochy said. "The focus is off Barry and it's going to be more on us. The season hasn't gone like we had hoped, but we'd like to finish the last six or seven weeks on a good note."

Bouncing around: Kevin Frandsen started at his third different infield position in as many nights Wednesday, occupying second base. Monday, he played third base before shifting to shortstop on Tuesday.

Asked if he was evolving into Tony Phillips, who lasted 18 years in the Major Leagues as a utilityman who frequently started more than 100 games a year, Frandsen said, "That would be fun. I wouldn't mind."

The challenge, said Frandsen, is what makes it fun -- "Playing a new position, doing it right and showing there's no lapse from who you're substituting for," he said.

That's a little difficult, Frandsen admitted, when he fills in for Omar Vizquel at shortstop.

"He does things that three-fourths of Major League shortstops don't do. Maybe more than that," Frandsen said.

Frandsen cited preparation as the key to successfully switching positions.

"Mentally, you have to know your assignment as far as where to play some guys and adjust," he said.

Relive 756: If you missed Bonds' 756th home run, FSN Bay Area will replay Tuesday night's Giants-Nationals game on Thursday at 6 p.m. PT. The broadcast will also include Bonds' postgame press conference.

Snapshot: Bonds joined the team photo shoot, which he did last year but hadn't made a habit of in previous seasons. Vizquel arrived at the clubhouse late and missed the photo.

Coming up: The Giants conclude their four-game series against Washington with a 12:35 p.m. PT start Thursday. Left-hander Patrick Misch will make his first AT&T Park start against Washington right-hander Joel Hanrahan, who's starting his third career game.

Chris Haft is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.